The Heathrow Contest

open ideas competition

consegna entro 23 aprile 2010

Welcome to the Heathrow Contest. The details here relate to the contest for architects, landscape architects and architecture students, but we're also running a public competition which anyone can enter.

Airplot is the piece of land in the middle of the proposed third runway site at Heathrow airport, owned by Greenpeace, Emma Thompson, Alistair McGowan, Zac Goldsmith and tens of thousands of people from around the world. The Airplot is a fundamental part of the campaign by Greenpeace and other groups to block construction of a new runway. A new runway would destroy communities, increase noise and air pollution, and contribute significantly to climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

So far, Airplot has provided a platform from which to fight the moral and political campaign against the runway. Greenpeace is now inviting professional designers and design teams to consider how to fortify and enhance the airplot so that if necessary, we can physically block construction of a third runway.

The winning design will gain international attention. Its aesthetic and cultural power will help us win the moral and political campaign before construction is even attempted. But above all it will be a practical solution, facilitating resistance to the development of the runway if full scale non-violent direct action is necessary.

The Heathrow Contest: Timeline

  • Thursday 28 January 2010
    Competition launch
  • Wednesday 17 February
    Site visit (book a place)
  • Thursday 18 March
    Site visit (book a place)
  • Monday 22 March
    Deadline for questions (ask a question)
  • Monday 29 March
    Deadline for answering all questions
  • Friday 23 April
    Deadline for submissions
  • 3-14 May
    Judging period
  • Week commencing 17 May
    Shortlisted entrants notified
  • Summer 2010 tbc
    Exhibition of submissions

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